Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

One of my best test preparation practices is to get a head start. Procrastination is a students worst enemy, so getting a head start helps me review more material and recognize the areas I need to focus on more. Another strategy that has helped me is to ask the instructor for direction. Whenever a big test is coming up, I'll ask my instructor what are the things they recommend me to focus on. They gladly tell me where I should spend most of my time studying and where I shouldn't focus too much of my time on. Studying with a group when preparing for a test can also be very beneficial. Group studying has helped me, because my peers almost always help me learn something new that I didn't know before or had trouble mastering. Being in a group allows me to bounce ideas off of my peers, lets me ask questions about things I don't understand, and we also test each other on the material which helps tremendously. Also, instructors sometimes provide students with study guides and this is something that should not be ignored. Not all instructors provide study guides, but if yours does, then it would be wise to complete them and use them as study material. I've seen professors pull questions directly out of those study guides they give out, so I would suggest completing them, studying them, but not completely relying on them. Since we are talking about test preparation practices, I want to emphasize on the importance of getting a good nights rest. We've all experiences staying up late at night trying to cram more material in and only getting 4 to 5 hours of sleep. However, there are countless studies that show how this is counterproductive. Plan ahead and study early so you don't have to lose sleep on the night before the exam. The morning of the exam is also just as important. Eating a good breakfast has been linked to better performance on tests and reduces test anxiety. These strategies have helped me greatly and I am positive they can help you too!

Arturo from Arizona
College Junior
University of Arizona